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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How To Help Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s Stay Safe In The Home

 Guest Post by Paul Denikin: Paul enjoys working on DIY home repair projects. He is passionate about sharing his experiences working on DIY projects through dadknowsdiy.com to benefit people with special needs children. Photo via Pixabay by Julim6 Alzheimer’s disease affects different people in different ways, and while it can eventually cause the person it affects . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How To Help Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s Stay Safe In The Home

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: WAR AND PIZZA – Battling Alzheimer’s With Memories

Guest Post by Stephanie March Even as we sit here, the battle continues.  The evil enemy keeps spreading and threatens to consume everything.  The best defense system in the world cannot stop the current onslaught of devastation.  I am completely helpless against this silent monster that is attacking my territory.  I can no longer claim . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: WAR AND PIZZA – Battling Alzheimer’s With Memories

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How Can Yoga Help Dementia Patients (and Their Caregivers)?

How Can Yoga Help Dementia Patients? by Camille Leavold

Yoga is a popular form of exercise that has a variety of health benefits, which have gained attention from the general public and medical professionals alike. Benefits of yoga include improved strength, flexibility and posture, improvement in balance, a reduction in aches and pains and an . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How Can Yoga Help Dementia Patients (and Their Caregivers)?

The Disaffected Lib: A Link Between Sleeping Pills and Dementia?

The BBC has a report on Canadian researchers who have discovered an apparent link between sustained use of a broad family of sleep and anxiety medications and the development of dementia.

The drugs are from the family of benzodiazepines.  Wiki has this list of the medications.

Many of us have to deal with sleep disorders . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Link Between Sleeping Pills and Dementia?

Things Are Good: Being Intellectually Stimulated Can Delay Dementia

More and more studies seem to be coming out that all conclude that keeping your mind active can be helpful to all sorts of health issues. Speaking more than one language and certainly help and so can just keeping your mind intellectually stimulated through various tasks:

Examples of activities the researchers considered cognitively stimulating (if . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Being Intellectually Stimulated Can Delay Dementia

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Dementia Info-Graphic

Source: MBA-Healthcare-Management.com

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Cooking For (With?) Mom: A Sweet Journey! Guest Post

Recently, my relationship with my mother has revolved around a battle of wills that is reminiscent of the “We are SPARTA!” scene from the movie 300.  Since she is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, she is still capable of dressing herself, doing her makeup, and being relatively independent.  However—she struggles (mightily) with . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Cooking For (With?) Mom: A Sweet Journey! Guest Post

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping Families Connect With Their Loved One With Alzheimer’s Using the Fit Minds Program

Nicole Scheidl is the CEO and co-founder of Fit Minds, a ‘brain training’ program designed to assist caregivers communicate with their loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.  I wanted to know more about Nicole’s story and her work helping people with dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as their families.  . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping Families Connect With Their Loved One With Alzheimer’s Using the Fit Minds Program

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: An Interview About Caregiving with Me for FIT MINDS

Nicole Scheidl is the founder and CEO of Fit Minds, a company with a mission to produce learning materials that are proven to slow the process of dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Nicole has a strong focus on caregivers and has created an information sharing hub for our community.  I am honoured that her first interview . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: An Interview About Caregiving with Me for FIT MINDS

Things Are Good: Artists Better Protected Against Cognitive Decline

People who engage in music or visual arts are better protected against dementia and other cognitive decline issues. Nows the time to pick up that instrument you keep meaning to learn how to play!

Artists compared with non-artists are better protected, he added. “Due to their art, the brain is better protected [against] diseases like . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Artists Better Protected Against Cognitive Decline

Politics and its Discontents: Pat Robertson Offers His ‘Expert’ Opinion On Trayvon Martin

There seem to be no limits to Pat Robertson’s prodigious intellect. One wonders when God will ‘call him home‘ for the rest he so richly deserves.

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Politics and its Discontents: Pat Robertson’s Unified Theory

In which the ex-pastor kindly shares his comprehensive ‘gay’ theory:

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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: GUEST POST – Diagnosed With Dementia: What to Expect as a Caregiver

In an unexpected, swift life change, you’re suddenly the caregiver for your loved one who’s been diagnosed with dementia. Your life and priorities have changed forever. As your loved one begins to lose physical abilities and mental capabilities, your life will revolve around caring for them. Knowing what to expect can make the road ahead . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: GUEST POST – Diagnosed With Dementia: What to Expect as a Caregiver

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Kleenex alert!

Montreal Simon: The Lonely Old Man and his Music

When I was in university I used to volunteer once a week at a nursing home in Montreal’s East End. Sébastien used to play the piano and sing French songs, I would play the guitar, my lab Kerouac would lick them all to death. And we all had a hoot.

Except for one woman who . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Lonely Old Man and his Music